BioME & MCE Life Sciences Summit
October 19 @ 9:00 am - October 20 @ 11:30 am
Join us on October 19-20 for the BioME & MCE 2021 Life Sciences Summit!
The Maine Life Sciences Summit aims to increase awareness of the technology transfer and commercialization efforts underway at our world-class research institutions and highlight the success of Startup businesses in Maine. We will also explore topics such as how to run a life science business/organization throughout the pandemic, what the industry might look like post-pandemic, life sciences’ training programs available in Maine, how academic institutions communicate with the industry, workforce development and workforce trends.
Summit Details & Agenda – Day One
Join us on October 19th from 9-11:30AM for a virtual fireside chat with key players in Maine’s technology transfer network to hear about the latest resources, funding opportunities and success stories. This will be followed by five bioscience business Founders who will showcase their emerging technology businesses through an array of business resources unique to Maine.
Summit Details & Agenda – Day Two
Day two of the Summit, on October 20 from 9-11:30AM, will feature the visionary bioscience thought leader Juan Enriquez – businessman, investor, science author, TedTalk star, and New Englander. The keynote speaker will be followed by a panel of business leaders from various bioscience organizations in Maine.
Juan Enriquez, Bestselling author, TED All-Star, Managing Director, Excel Venture Management (Keynote Speaker)
Juan Enriquez is a leading authority on the economic impact of life sciences and brain research on business and society as well as a respected business leader and entrepreneur. Author and co-author of multiple bestsellers including As the Future Catches You: How Genomics Will Change Your Life, Work, Health, and Wealth (Random House,1999), The Untied States of America: Polarization, Fracturing and Our Future (Random House, 2005), Evolving Ourselves: Redesigning Humanity One Gene at a Time (Penguin, 2015), and RIGHT/WRONG: How Technology Transforms Our Ethics (MIT, 2020). As a business leader, advisor, and renowned speaker, Juan works directly with the CEOs of a number of Fortune 50 companies, as well as various heads of state, on how to adapt to a world where the dominant language is shifting from the digital towards the language of life. He is a TED All-Star with ten TED talks on a variety of subjects, as well as dozens of TEDx talks. He was the founding Director of the Harvard Business School’s Life Sciences Project and is a research affiliate at MIT’s synthetic neurobiology lab. After HBS, Juan became an active angel investor, founding Biotechonomy Ventures. He then co-founded Excel Venture Management. Mr. Enriquez serves on multiple for-profit boards as well as a variety of non-profits including The National Academy of Sciences, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, WGBH, The Boston Science Museum, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center. He sailed around the world on an expedition that increased the number of know genes a hundredfold and was part of the peace commission that negotiated the cease fire with the Zapatistas. He graduated from Harvard with a B.A. and an M.B.A., both with honors.
Susan Ahern, Vice President of Innovation, MaineHealth
Susan Ahern is the Vice President of Innovation for MaineHealth, charged with developing the new MaineHealth Innovation Center, a system-wide center that fosters a culture of innovation and solves unmet care needs to best serve MaineHealth patients and care team members. Prior to joining MaineHealth in 2020, Susan co-founded four healthcare companies. At the Consulate General of Canada in Boston, Ahern led Canada’s first-in-the-nation international accelerator, awarded #1 in the world by the International Business Innovation Association. Her entrepreneurs were featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Time, and the Associated Press. Susan attended Colby College and is thrilled to be back in Maine.
Renee Kelly, Assistant Vice President for Innovation & Economic Development, University of Maine
Renee Kelly is assistant vice president for innovation and economic development for the University of Maine. She identifies opportunities for the University to partner with national, state, regional and local organizations to improve Maine’s economy. In addition, she leads UMaine’s economic development and business innovation programs, including the MIRTA Accelerator and I-Corps program, Foster Center for Innovation, the Innovate for Maine Fellowship program, and incubation programs offered at facilities throughout Maine. Ms. Kelly also leads UMaine’s efforts in the Innovation Engineering Institute, a collaboration to commercialize its curriculum worldwide, and consults with businesses and organizations to help them innovate new products, services, processes and business models. She also serves as a director for The First National Bank and The First, N.A., a publicly-traded company based in Damariscotta, Maine.
Judy Sproule, Director of Strategic Initiatives, MDI Biological Laboratory
Judy Sproule is MDI Biological Laboratory’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and responsible for promoting and supporting innovation and the commercialization of intellectual property for the institution. She manages MDIBL’s incubator for early-stage companies, is a member of the entrepreneurial education team and an active participant in state and regional efforts to support innovation and expand the life sciences sector. Her first career was in investment banking, raising new capital in the public markets for the global corporate sector. She returned to her home state as a business consultant and entrepreneur and has spent the past eight years with MDI’s world-class biomedical research institutions. A committed advocate for education, she has been active in economic education efforts, lectured at NYU’s Graduate School of Business, and served local and regional public schools as a founding member of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System. Judy earned a B.A. from Connecticut College and an M.B.A. from New York University Graduate School of Business.
Gregory Fryer, Partner, Verrill (moderator)
Greg has served as a trusted advisor to business clients for more than 30 years, helping them navigate their most complicated legal challenges through all kinds of market cycles and regulatory climates. Greg has been recognized for his skill in both corporate law and securities law. He regularly guides companies, both large and small, through stock offerings, M&A transactions, and corporate restructurings. He also frequently assists other lawyers on the more technical aspects of projects involving financial regulations, legal opinions, or contract drafting. Greg has given special attention to capital formation issues for privately held companies. During 2014, he was among those involved in the design and drafting of the Maine crowdfunding statute and associated rules. Greg is also personally involved in capital formation from the standpoint of investors. He is a board member of the state’s venture capital fund (Maine Venture Fund) and is also a member of the state’s most active angel investor group (Maine Angels). Before moving to Maine in 1985 to join Verrill, Greg practiced corporate and securities law in New York (Chadbourne Parke, now part of Norton Rose Fulbright) and Atlanta (Long & Aldridge, now part of Dentons). He has been active in the Business Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association. Greg has been a frequent panelist and lecturer on corporate governance and on topics affecting angel investing.
Jason Hine, Founder, HALO Med LLC
Jason Hine is an Emergency Medicine physician in the southern Maine area. He is an alumni of Colby College, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Temple University Hospital residency program. He lives in Scarborough Maine with his wife and twin boys where he enjoys hockey, fishing, and RV camping with the family. He is the founder of HALO Med LLC, a company giving physicians competence and confidence in their procedural skills through accessible education and training.
Cem Giray, PhD, President & CEO, Salmonics LLC
C. Giray first came to Maine in 1980 to attend the University of Maine as an international student from North Cyprus. Following undergraduate and graduate degrees in Microbiology, he completed two years of military service in North Cyprus and then headed back to Maine for doctorate studies at the Univ. of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. His overall educational experience covered a broad range, including fish diseases, aquaculture, marine taxonomy, biochemical defense and biogeochemistry. C. Giray entered the private sector after completion of his Ph.D. and operated his own biotechnology consulting business in the Middle East, in his spare time also pursuing work on marine debris pollution and marine turtle conservation in North Cyprus. In 1999 he joined Kennebec River Biosciences (KRB), an international aquatic animal health company located in Richmond, Maine, taking on positions as Laboratory Director, Chief Operations Officer, Vice President, Chief Science Officer and business partner. Responsibilities included management of diagnostic service laboratory, international business development, company & laboratory operations and applied research on finfish & shellfish pathogens. In late 2020 C. Giray established Salmonics LLC following acquisition of another Maine-based R&D company to focus on the development and manufacture of biomedical products for the veterinary and human health research and commercial sectors by utilizing aquaculture salmon blood waste.
Kristy Townsend, PhD, Co-Founder, Neuright, Inc.
Kristy Townsend, Ph.D. is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Maine, her alma mater, and Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at The Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. Townsend is the head of the Neurobiology & Energy Balance laboratory. Born and raised in Maine, Townsend is co-founder of a Maine based biotech start-up and UMaine spin out (Neuright, Inc) that is focused on R&D for a patent-pending medical device for the diagnosis of small fiber Neuropathy. Townsend remains an active member of the BioME Board of Directors. Follow @neuroadipo
Ariel Eliana Shevenell, Founder, Signal Insight Inc.
As a healthcare provider helping patients with pain, Ariel discovered principles of physiology and sensor technology that empower new diagnostic and therapeutic insights and technologies with broad implications for human and veterinary medicine. Through her company, Signal Insight, she has developed Sonotect™, the first clinically practical detection and measurement scanning system for dysfunctions such as inflammation, injury, infection and pain and the types of tissues involved. These are problems validated by scientific research but invisible to anatomical imaging such as X-ray, CT/MRI and ultrasound, limiting diagnostic comprehension and accuracy. Her laboratory and clinic, Access Health Renewal, provides Sonotect™ assessment to identify confusing or complex conditions (including those that have failed other methods) and offers specialized treatment programs that reverse the underlying adverse biophysical processes to assist successful recovery and resolution.
Gerald B. Collins, CEO & Co-founder, Treadwell Corporation
Gerald B. Collins, MBA, joined Treadwell Corporation in 2009. He has 25 years experience in navigating the complex environment of the business of medicine including as CFO of federally qualified health centers, CFO and CEO of multi-practice rural health clinics, and administrator for a hospital based system of primary care and multi-specialty medical practices.
Paul J. Fitzpatrick, President, PJ Fitzpatrick Executive Advisory Group, LLC (moderator)
Paul has a very diverse entrepreneurial & executive leadership background in the medical device, healthcare, consulting & hospitality services arenas. He provides fractional C-level and board engagements along with advisory services to startups and small companies. Paul has led teams which have taken innovated services and technology from ideation through to commercialization and exit. His experience includes 10+ start-ups, distressed turnarounds, roll-ups, integration of acquired companies, multi-site & international operations. Specific industry sectors include: EMS/ambulance advanced life support emergency medical services, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, international nurse recruiting & staffing, breast cancer risk screening, complex Point of Care molecular DX testing and endovascular catheter-based drug delivery medical devices. Ventures ranged from pre-revenue to $250M revenue, completing over $50 million of private and venture backed financings and completing over 20 M&A transactions with a combined value in excess of $100 million. Paul serves as a volunteer board member, Chairman of Life Science Tennessee, provides pro bono mentorship to startups and early stage companies and is a member of several professional and industry associations. Paul is a graduate of the Northeastern University degree paramedic program and was an adjunct faculty in the paramedic program for 10 years.
S. Catherine Longley, Executive Vice President & COO, The Jackson Laboratory
S. Catherine “Katy” Longley has been the executive vice president and chief operating officer of The Jackson Laboratory since July 2018. She joined JAX in August 2016 as the vice president and chief financial officer after a distinguished career in finance, government, and law. In her current role, Katy provides strategic leadership, direction, and management for all operating activities of the Laboratory. She oversees External and Government Affairs, Facilities, Finance, Human Resources, IT, Legal, Security, Strategic Communications, and Translational and Business Alliances. Prior to joining JAX, Longley served as the Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration and Treasurer at her alma mater, Bowdoin College in Brunswick. She served as commissioner of Professional & Financial Regulation in the cabinet of Maine Governor Angus King, and practiced law at Verrill in Portland for over a decade. Katy currently serves as a director and chair of the audit committee of Camden National Corporation in Camden and as a director of the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership. She is a graduate of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine Epsilon Class and the Maine Community Foundation’s Leadership Learning Exchange for Equity. Katy holds a B.A. degree from Bowdoin College and a J.D. cum laude from Suffolk University Law School.
Julie Cross, PhD, Sr. R&D Manager & Associate Fellow, IDEXX
Julie Cross is a Sr. R&D Manager and Associate Fellow at IDEXX in Westbrook, Maine. She has worked in the in vitro diagnostics field for over 15 years. During that time, she has held positions in new product development and transfer, product support and manufacturing. Recent publications include work related to bringing an assay for a novel renal biomarker to market. Dr. Cross received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from The Ohio State University, a M.S. in Immunology from The University of Illinois, and a B.S. in Biochemistry also from OSU, prior to completing post-doctoral training at the University of Chicago. Dr. Cross is the first person in her family to obtain a 4-year degree and has a passion for learning about new technologies. In her spare time, she is a clarinetist in the Casco Bay Wind Symphony and lives in Gorham with her ill-tempered rescue Great Pyrenees.
Aileen Huang-Saad, PhD, Associate Professor, Bioengineering & Director of Life Science & Engineering Programs, The Roux Institute
In February 2021 Dr. Huang-Saad joined the Bioengineering faculty at Northeastern University and became the Director of Life Sciences and Engineering at The Roux Institute. Dr. Huang-Saad has a fourteen-year history of bringing about organizational change in higher education, leveraging evidence-based practices at the University of Michigan. She created the U-M BME graduate design program, co-founded the U-M College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship, launched the U-M National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Node, and developed the U-M BME Instructional Incubator. She is a canonical instructor for both the NSF and National Institute of Health (NIH) I-Corps Programs. Dr. Huang-Saad has received numerous awards for her teaching and student advising, including the 1938E College of Engineering Award, the Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award, the U-M ASEE Outstanding Professor Award, the International Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award, and the College of Engineering Outstanding Student Advisor Award. Dr. Huang-Saad’s current research areas are entrepreneurship, innovation, and transforming higher education. She is funded by the NSF to explore the influence of the microenvironment of entrepreneurship education on minoritized populations, entrepreneurial ecosystems, and fostering graduate student professional development. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Huang-Saad worked in industry gaining experience in new venture biotech, the defense industry, and medical device testing. Dr. Huang-Saad received her BSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at John Hopkins University School of Medicine. She later completed her MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Dan Belyea, Chief Workforce Development Officer, Maine Community College System
Dan Belyea is the Chief Workforce Development Officer at the Maine Community College System (MCCS). He serves as a member of the senior management team and is responsible for providing state-wide leadership and coordination in support of MCCS’s statutory mission to meet Maine’s workforce needs with the goals of creating an educated, skilled, and adaptable labor force that is responsive to changing economic needs and to promote local, regional, and statewide economic development. In addition to managing the Maine Quality Centers grant program, he works with colleges, businesses, associations, and related public, private, and non-profit service providers to create partnerships that are responsive to that mission. Dan has worked for the MCCS for over 33 years. In February 2020, he was appointed Chief Workforce Development Officer for the MCCS. Prior to that appointment, he served as the Executive Director of Workforce Training for the MCCS. In 2016 to 2017, he served as the Director of Operational Support and advised colleges on capital facilities projects, real estate transactions, auxiliary business reviews and contracts. He has also worked in a variety of administrative positions at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, Maine from 1988 to 2016 with his last position as the Director of Administrative, Student Services and Auxiliary Enterprises. He currently serves on the State Workforce Board, a board member of the Maine Technology Institute (MTI)and serves as a public member on the Grievance Commission with the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. He recently was appointed to the Board of Visitors and Chair for the Long Creek Development Center and was also appointed to the Maine Connectivity board by Governor Janet Mills.
Toby Ahrens, PhD, Program Director, FocusMaine (moderator)
FocusMaine is a private sector-led initiative to accelerate the creation of quality jobs in Maine by investing in three of the state’s globally competitive and high-growth fields—agriculture, aquaculture, and biopharmaceuticals—and by strengthening Maine’s workforce capacity. To spur business growth within these sectors, FocusMaine partners with some of the most impactful nonprofits and private sector leaders in the state. Our efforts in biopharmaceuticals foster job growth through business support programs, workforce development, incentives, and business attraction. To learn more about FocusMaine, please visit us at FocusMaine.org and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Agnieszka Carpenter, Executive Director, Bioscience Association of Maine
Agnieszka Carpenter has been the Executive Director of BioME since 2017, but with the organization for the past 5 years. Agnieszka grew up in Poland and has a dual degree in English Literature and Marketing and Management. Prior to working with BioME, she was the Trade Assistance Manager at Maine International Trade Center and worked as a teacher and college lecturer. She lives in Maine with her husband and three children.
Thomas G. Rainey, Executive Director, Maine Center for Entrepreneurs
Thomas Rainey (Tom) is the Executive Director of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs (MCE) based in Portland, Maine. MCE offers business incubator and accelerator programs including specialty programs for food, beverage, aquaculture and life science industry startups. Early in his career, Tom served as the Executive Director of a California World Trade Center and as Director of the first business incubator program in St. Louis, Missouri. Tom was later hired by the State of Florida and Kennedy Space Center to establish a network of NASA-funded incubators to support the growth of technology startups. From 2001-2012 Tom developed award-winning startup incubators at the University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, Northern Arizona University, and in in two other Arizona communities. In addition to his own consulting business, Tom was also part of a startup team that commercialized a novel electric motor technology for industrial, aerospace and e-bike applications. Tom holds a Master’s Degree in Science and Technology Policy from Lund University in Sweden; a Graduate Degree in International Studies from the University of Stockholm, Sweden; and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.